January 2012: Letter from Lynn

Posted on by Roberta Handel

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Open House…..it’s not just for new families!  I hope to see you at Open House this Sunday, January 29, from 1-3 PM. 

Come take a student- or parent-led tour at your child’s next Montessori level.  There will be students in the Lower Elementary through Middle School classrooms eager to describe their work.  Teachers from  The Little House through 8th grade are excited to show you their classrooms and talk about their programs.  Come and bring your friends, family, and neighbors – the more the merrier.

Build It and They Will Come

Have you driven past Bancroft Campus in the past two weeks?  Suddenly, the new school appears to be rising from the mud, a welcome sight!  The unusually warm January has helped things  to move along.  Foundations and underground work are substantially complete and framing is in process.  Trusses have begun to arrive on site. Check out our recent blog post for pictures of the progress at the following link:


Understand Me: Parenting for the one-to three-year-old

Our new parenting class is off and running, meeting on Saturday mornings from 9:30 – 10:30 AM.  Childcare is available during the class. The initial response has been great.  Topics to be discussed during the first 8-week session include: Tantrums and Anger, Independence/Dependence, Myth of the Perfect Parent, At Home with Your Toddler, Social Development/Sharing, Language Development, Importance of Routines, and Parenting Styles.  Anne Spenny, Admission Director, can answer questions regarding registration.

Ask a Kindergartner What Internal Organs Do

If you are in doubt about the function of your internal organs, our McCord kindergarten enrichment students can help.  Children wrote facts in their journals about an internal organ they had studied.  Then many had the opportunity to present the facts to their younger Pre Primary morning classmates.  This week Annika Slotterbeck presented her journal entry, “The Heart Pups Your Blud”, to the Yellow Room  class.  When Brandi asked if anyone else in the class knew a fact about the heart, Henry Cohen responded “Your heart is where we store our love.”

Competition and the Montessori Child

Montessori schools provide a peaceful, collaborative learning environment that does not promote competition for grades and test scores.  Parents often ask if our students are prepared for the competitive environment they will face when they leave West Side.  Our answer is a resounding, YES!

Humans are competitive by nature and the keys to success in any endeavor are high level skills and persistence.  Both are qualities our students exhibit in abundance.  West Side students participate in numerous competitive activities outside of school such as gymnastics, soccer, dance, and music.  The school also offers after school programs such as Destination Imagination, Power of the Pen, and Math Counts that teach our students how to handle both victory and defeat graciously.

Power of the Pen

Last weekend 12 West Side Middle School students participated in the Power of the Pen District expository writing competition in Findlay, competing against approximately 100 students from 12 area schools.  The 7th grade team placed 3rd and the 8th grade team placed first in the competition.  Based on their individual scores, a number of the students will go on to the regional competition at Lourdes College in March.  Congratulations and good luck to our talented and accomplished writers!

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West Side Montessori is an independent, accredited Montessori school educating children 13 months through 8th grade (preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school) with locations at 13587 Roachton Rd in Perrysburg, Ohio, and 7115 W. Bancroft Street in Toledo, Ohio.